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Brown Sugar Peppered Bacon

Siri Daly's Bacon
Siri Daly's BaconNathan Congleton / TODAY

Chef notes

As a kid, if I ever found myself at a breakfast buffet, I would usually eat close to 10 pieces of bacon. Who let this happen? Where were my parents? Mom, dad, are you reading this? Even now, it is something I have trouble passing up. We often hang out backstage with Carson at "The Voice," and if they are ever working early there is typically a delicious breakfast spread complete with, you guessed it, bacon. Sometimes they have a vat of thick, peppered, sugary bacon, and it’s close to the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. I knew I could easily recreate this deliciousness at home, and so I did. Guess what? You can, too. It’s easy, your entire house will smell divine, and you will impress just about anyone you serve it to. 

Technique tip: When sprinkling the bacon with the brown sugar mixture, make sure you press on it lightly for it to adhere.


  • 10 thick-cut bacon slices
  • 1/3 cup packed, plus 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper



Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on the foil. Place as many bacon slices as you can fit on the rack (I usually can get 10 on there).


Stir together the brown sugar and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bacon with the brown sugar mixture, pressing lightly to adhere.


Bake until the bacon is crispy, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway (on same rack) once or twice during baking time.